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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: 'Comme distraction les devoirs c'est barbant' Les constructions disloquées en '(X) c'est Adj comme N'
Author: Estelle Moline
Institution: Université Lille - Nord de France
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Semantics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Cet article est consacré à la description des constructions de forme C'est Adj, comme N, considérées par Lambrecht comme étant caractéristiques du français oral spontané. L'examen de données attestées montre cependant l'existence de ces tournures à l'écrit. Ces constructions sont analysées ici comme étant constituées de trois termes (X, c'est Adj comme N). A l'écrit, le segment en comme N est régulièrement utilisé pour restreindre le domaine de validité de l'évaluation (X c'est Adj). A l'oral, il peut être utilisé pour identifier le référent dénoté par ce. Le pronom démonstratif présente le référent comme étant non classifié, et comme N contribue à sa classification.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 21, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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